Furniture of simianping form is likely derived from the earlier method of box-construction, and it became a classic and much revered form during the Ming dynasty. For an early version of a simianping table illustrated in a painting of the Song dynasty, see Special Exhibition of Furniture in Chinese Paintings, The National Palace Museum, Taipei, 1996, pp. 50-1, no. 19.
A very similar table of more narrow form in the Lu Ming Shi Collection, dated to the late 16th or early 17th century, is illustrated by Grace Wu Bruce in Living with Ming - the Lu Ming Shi Collection, p. 110, no. 23. Another table of almost identical form, dated to the 17th century and formerly in the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Robert P. Piccus, was sold in these rooms, 21 September 2000, lot 35.